As part of his decades long struggle to assist pro-abort politicians, Father Thomas Reese, SJ, had a piece in the Washington Post attacking the bishops and cardinals who have spoken out against Obama Day on May 17, 2009. The article is fisked to pieces in the Father Z style here.
Reese of course is the former editor of the Jesuit journal America, who was bounced from that post in 2005 by order of the Vatican after he had spent many years defending the magisterium. The problem of course was that the magisterium he was protecting was that of the secular Left in this country and it often ran counter to the Magisterium that Reese was pledged to defend and obey. This is not the first time that Father Reese has spoken out in support of Obama speaking at Notre Dame. Carl Olson at Insight Scoop dealt with Reese’s last attempt to defend the indefensible.
Jesuits like Father Reese, active opponents to the Church on so many occasions, do a great deal of damage to the once noble Society of Jesus. An organization that for centuries was a chief support for the Church, with great and good exceptions is now too often a force against the Church. Pope Benedict has been sending “hints’ to the Jesuits for some time that they must change.
“Precisely for this reason I have invited you [here] and I invite you to reflect on how to find the fullest sense of your ‘fourth vow’ of obedience to the successor of Peter that is so characteristic of you, it implies not only the readiness to be sent in mission to far away lands, but also– in the most genuine Ignatian spirit of ‘sensing with the Church and in the Church’ – to ‘love and serve’ the Vicar of Christ on earth with that ‘affective and effective’ devotion which must make of you valuable and irreplaceable cooperators in his service to the Universal Church.”
“All of us must be vigilant so that the necessary adaptation will not be accomplished to the detriment of the fundamental identity or essential character of the role of the Jesuit as is described in the Formula Instituti as the history and particular spirituality of the Order
propose it, and as the authentic interpretation of the very needs of the times seem
still to require it. This image must not be altered; it must not be distorted.”
I find little evidence that the Pope is being heeded by the vast majority of Jesuits.
Update: Patrick at Creative Minority Report sums it up rather well here.